Defending Liberal Democracy in Emerging Markets


In recent years, populist and authoritarian leaders around the world have openly sought to discredit liberal principles and undermine democratic values such as the rule of law and checks on authority. This encroachment on liberal democracy has been accompanied in many cases by attacks on market liberalism and the suppression of independent business voices.

A forthcoming event will explore whether liberal economic reforms and accountability in economic policy can help bolster the consolidation of democracy and, if so, under what conditions.

  • What are the common challenges facing liberal democracy and market economies?
  • What are the economic arguments in support of liberal democracy?
  • How can a free-market system respond to demands for economic and political inclusion?
  • What types of reforms would promote a level playing field and accountability in government?

The Center for International Private Enterprise and the National Endowment for Democracy invite you to a panel discussion on: Defending Liberal Democracy in Emerging Markets: The Role of Free Markets and Rule of Law

Monday, January 30, 2017 2:00 to 4:00 PM


Aurelio Concheso, President of the Advisory Board, Centro de Divulgación del Conocimiento (CEDICE), Venezuela

Güray Karacar, Former Secretary General, Corporate Governance Association of Turkey (TKYD)

Selima Ahmad, Founder and President, Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI)

Opening Speakers:

Carl Gershman, President, National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Andrew Wilson, Managing Director, Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Briefing Center

1615 H Street NW

Washington, DC 20062


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